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With members from all corners of the country registered, be sure to join them in Richmond! Register today!
Why register? Over the course of four days, you'll have access to:
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- Industry leaders addressing the latest trends critical to your day-to-day operations
- Nationally-recognized speakers ready to inspire personal and professional greatness
- The industry's largest Trade Show with more than 120 vendors showcasing new and innovative products and services
- Exclusive place to earn credits towards national certification through Professional Development Series courses
- Your peers from across the country and around the world
There's something for everyone involved in pupil transportation. Take a look at this year's session topics.
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We look forward to seeing you in Richmond, VA this November.
NAPT Elections and Nominations Information
During NAPT's Annual Summit this November, elections will be held for the following:
To see who currently holds these positions and what states each Region covers, click here.
- Director — Region 3
- Affiliate Member Director
Pursuant to the Article IV, Section 4.21 of the NAPT By-laws: "Any person who wishes to be a candidate for…President-elect or regional director must be an active individual member as defined in Section 2.11 (1) and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors. Any person who wishes to be the Affiliate Member Director must be an affiliate member as defined in Article II, Section 2.12 and have completed two years as a member in good standing before he/she becomes eligible to run for the Board of Directors. An affiliate member is not eligible to be President, President-elect or a regional director."
ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS — Any NAPT member seeking to vote by absentee ballot must send a written request for a ballot to NAPT headquarters. All requests must be received no later than the close of business on Friday, Sept. 25.
- Anyone interested in running for President-elect must be nominated by two Individual-Active members. This seat may not be held by an Affiliate Member (also called a Business Partner Individual member)
- President-elect is selected by vote of all Individual — Active members
- Anyone interested in running for the Director – Region 3 position must be nominated by a minimum of two Individual-Active members from Region 3 of the association.
- Regional directors are selected by vote of only those active members whose mailing address is within that specific region.
- Anyone interested in running for Affiliate Member Director must be nominated by two Affiliate members (also called Business Partner Individual members)
- Affiliate Member Director is selected by vote of all Affiliate (Business Partner Individual) members.
ABSENTEE BALLOTS MAILED TO VOTERS — Official absentee ballots will be mailed to all eligible voters no later than Friday, Oct. 9.
ABSENTEE BALLOT RETURN — All absentee ballots must be received at NAPT headquarters no later than Friday, Oct. 30.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 10. Elections will be held in Richmond, VA on the Trade Show floor from 10am – 12pm.
Member webinar archives
NAPT has offered a number of interesting member webinars throughout 2015. Remember, if you missed any of our webinars, or want to listen again, they are all recorded and available in the 'Member Resources' area of the Members' Only section of the website. Log-in today.
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October 28: Inside Washington: How and Why Democracy Begets Bureaucracy Register now!
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Improving communities by improving schools
District Administration Magazine
Schools are the center of the community and when schools are transformed in positive ways, communities are transformed. The continued rise of poverty is not surprising when policies and practices that could contribute to eliminating poverty are not addressed well. The foundation of systematic oppression is rooted in practices that contribute to a system becoming self-perpetuating because the conditions are institutionalized and habits are formed that are not interrupted.
Florida school district reports savings with autogas buses
A recent analysis found Broward County Public Schools' student transportation and fleet services department reduced its annual operating costs by over $600,000 through the use of school buses fueled by propane autogas, according to ROUSH CleanTech. Furthermore, the school district has ordered additional autogas buses. BCPS, one of the largest school districts in Florida, started using 98 propane-powered Blue Bird Vision buses in the 2014/15 school year. The vehicles are manufactured by Blue Bird Corp. and feature ROUSH autogas fuel systems.
Study: Most teens start school too early in morning to get enough sleep
Most teens start school too early in the morning, which deprives them of the sleep they need to learn and stay healthy, a new study says. The American Academy of Pediatrics last year urged middle schools and high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m. in order to allow teens — who are biologically programmed to stay up later at night than adults — to get the recommended 8.5 to 9.5 hours of sleep each night. But 83 percent of schools do start before 8:30 a.m., according to a study released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The average start time for 39,700 public middle schools, high schools and combined schools was 8:03 a.m., based on data from the 2011-2012 school year.
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Chicago laying off 500 teachers
The Chicago Public School system is laying off nearly 500 teachers and just over 1,000 support staff as it responds to a budget crisis it says is caused by increasing pension costs and declining state aid. Many of the affected teachers teach at schools with declining enrollments. That's why about 60 percent of the teachers who are being laid off are expected to be rehired before the start of the school year, since the district has fill 1,450 teacher openings at other schools.
'Panic button' for K-12 schools unveiled
State legislators unveiled an emergency alert button for K-12 schools, as part of the School Safety Act of 2015, during a news conference at the Arkansas State Capitol. The "panic button," a product of Framingham, Mass.-based Rave Mobile Safety, will be implemented at more than 1,000 public schools across Arkansas during the 2015-16 school year. Its intent is to provide enhanced security measures for more than 500,000 Arkansas students, faculty and staff through what Rave Mobile Safety describes as a "simple five-button interface." "Having the ability to instantaneously connect teachers and school administrators with 9-1-1 and other emergency personnel will give us, and Arkansas parents, a much greater sense of confidence as we begin a new school year," state Education Commissioner Johnny Key said in a statement.
Teacher shortages spur a nationwide hiring scramble (credentials optional)
The New York Times
In a stark about-face from just a few years ago, school districts have gone from handing out pink slips to scrambling to hire teachers. Across the country, districts are struggling with shortages of teachers, particularly in math, science and special education — a result of the layoffs of the recession years combined with an improving economy in which fewer people are training to be teachers. At the same time, a growing number of English language learners are entering public schools, yet it is increasingly difficult to find bilingual teachers. So schools are looking for applicants everywhere they can — whether out of state or out of country — and wooing candidates earlier and quicker.
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States can play a role in improving school discipline, guide says
School discipline is frequently viewed as a school- and district-level issue, but state boards of education can also play a role in determining that policies and practices are fair and effective, a new guide says. The guide, by the National Association of State Boards of Education, provides suggestions for states to get involved in the growing discussion around reducing the use of suspensions and expulsions and ensuring that children of all races, ethnicities and sexual orientations are treated equitably under school policies.
Here's what Americans want from a No Child Left Behind overhaul
The Huffington Post
As members of the Senate and House of Representatives work to find compromise on their respective overhauls of the No Child Left Behind Act, Americans are expressing agreement with a central tenet in both chambers' proposals: the federal government should have less influence over standardized tests. A nationally representative HuffPost/YouGov poll conducted in early August shows that more than half of Americans think state governments should have more power than the federal government to determine how standardized tests are used in schools. Only 21 percent of respondents said they thought the federal government should have more power than states in this arena; about a quarter said they were not sure.
Shifting gears: District making adjustments to alleviate back-to-school transportation, traffic woes
The Winchester Sun
As Clark County, Kentucky, students prepare to return to school, Clark schools superintendent Paul Christy said he thinks some necessary changes throughout the district will help alleviate some of the stress and concerns typically caused by transportation and traffic. "The biggest change that we have this year compared to last year, is that the district isn't facing any major changes overall," he said. "Everything is pretty much where we ended last year."
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition,
by Dr. Linda F. Bluth, is available for purchase. NAPT members may purchase the Handbook for $19.99, plus shipping. The nonmember rate is $29.99, plus shipping.
To order your copy, please email NAPT Member Services Specialist, Brianne Peck at Brianne.Peck@napt.org today! To learn more about the new Certification in Special Needs Transportation (CSNT) click here.
Transporting Children with Disabilities, 5th Edition contains new and updated information, including useful definitions of transportation and related special education terms as well as characteristics of children with special needs and special considerations for transporting children with special needs. This popular publication also explains the legal basis for special needs transportation in accordance with the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 and contains information about new Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act regulations.
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